Tesco to remove plastics from multipacks

Tesco is replacing plastic-wrapped multipacks which will eliminate 350 tonnes of plastic a-year from the environment.


Tesco Manor Avenue: Image by Darren Marsden

An incredible 183,000 tinned multipacks are bought by customers on a daily basis at Tesco.

Tesco has said  it is the first UK retailer to remove plastic from multipacks from all of its stores in the UK.

Because all of the plastic wrapping will be removed you will now have to buy items individually with plastic-free multibuys.

More than 40% of Tesco customers include multipacks in their shop. Multipacks of baked beans, tuna, tinned tomatoes and soup are among the most frequently-bought grocery items in the UK.

The change applies to both Tesco own brand products and branded products, like Heinz Beanz.

It will help more than eight million households in the UK reduce the amount of plastic they use. It contributes to Tesco’s commitment to remove 1bn pieces of plastic from its own brand products by the end of 2020.

Tesco CEO Dave Lewis said:

“We are removing all unnecessary and non-recyclable plastic from Tesco. As part of this work, removing plastic wrapped multipacks from every Tesco store in the UK will cut 350 tonnes of plastic from the environment every year and customers will still benefit from the same great value ‘multipack’ price. This is part of our plan to remove 1 billion pieces of plastic in 2020.”

The changes apply from 2 March 2020 and include the following items:

  • Tesco and Heinz soups
  • Tesco, Heinz and Branston baked beans and spaghetti products
  • Tesco tinned tomatoes
  • Tesco and Green Giant sweetcorn
  • Tesco, Princes and John West tuna

Georgiana de Noronha, President of Kraft Heinz Northern Europe, said:

“We’re excited to be partnering with Tesco on this. While we know we have more to do, this initiative is good news for the environment, and for the millions of people who enjoy Heinz varieties every day, as they’ll still be able to benefit from the same great value for money.”

Paula Chin, Sustainable Materials Specialist at WWF, said:

“WWF supports Tesco’s steps in the fight against plastic pollution. We need to remove unnecessary single-use plastic wherever possible, to stop the contamination of the natural world. If we want to protect nature we need more businesses to follow Tesco’s lead, before we run out of time to fight for our world.”

Tesco’s 4Rs strategy – Remove, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle – means it will remove non-recyclable and excess packaging from its business.

The retailer is doing more than most to do it’s bit for the environment and it is hoped other big names on the high street will follow.

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